Wedding Spotlight: Annie and Ari

A true fairytale affair complete with stunning blooms, gorgeous details, and a carriage ride for the books! This Southern Oaks Plantation soiree is sure to stun.

Read more about this lovely wedding below!

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Tell us about your engagement.
New Orleans has always been a special place to me. In fact, the very first time that I visited the city, after experiencing a 2nd line parade for the first time I said, “I am either going to get married here or my funeral will be here.” I absolutely loves the culture of New Orleans. Fast forward about 8 years. A trip to New Orleans was planned to visit my favorite city and attend the USF vs Tulane football game. After a few days of delicious food, French Quarter shenanigans and Nola Jazz, Ari decided that October 21st 2017 on the stairs overlooking picturesque Jackson Square and the St. Louis’ Cathedral he would pop the question. In front of a sizable crowd, Ari (visibly shaking) got down on one knee and asked me the most important questions of their lives “Will you Marry Me?” Of course I said, “YES!” after removing my spider themed fascinator and putting down my champagne to go cup. The crowd that had gathered cheered and as a newly engaged couple, we made our way to the Halloween parade and then to the USF game to celebrate!

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

Where do I begin? Southern Oaks captures the southern elegance and fun of New Orleans. The food is fantastic, the venue is gorgeous, there is no detail overlooked. I would attribute the stellar experience we had at Southern Oaks, to the incredible staff. Truly, they embody teamwork and professionalism and it made my day absolutely perfect.

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How did you and your partner meet?

Ari and I met in downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida on a Sunday evening, December 7th, 2014. We always have a witty debate when describing exactly what type of establishment Ferg’s is when telling our story. See Ari likes to refer to the location as a “restaurant” while I am honest about the fact that it is more of a “sports pub.” Ari was simply picking up a quick bite to eat and preparing for his Monday meeting when I walked in with a friend. Being the gentleman that he is, Ari quickly offered me and my friend a seat and started chatting with us. Before we knew it, Ari and I had been chatting for a couple of hours. Before the night was over, Ari asked for my phone number and called me the next day to invite me to lunch at Seasons 52. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the spark was something special and we have been inseparable ever since.

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What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

I knew from the moment I walked in the door, it was the perfect venue for our wedding. Lauren gave us the grand tour and we were in absolute awe of the décor, warmth and elegance of the space. I had done my research and everyone had the same (yet very different) magical experience at Southern Oaks Plantation. Magic and Majestic (the gorgeous white horses) were just the icing on the cake!

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What was your favorite moment of the night?

The night was so incredibly beautiful and special but two moments stand out in my head. The first moment, was right when I walked in the ballroom, before the wedding, and saw everything in place and set for the first time. It was just incredible. Everything that I could have asked for. It was simply breathtaking. The second moment was when my Dad and I came around the corner and our guests saw us entering on the horse and carriage. There was a gasp of excitement… no one expected that. It was a moment I will never forget.

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Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?

There is no better florist than Bella Blooms Floral. Dee, the owner, is second to none. She knew what I wanted when I did not even know specifically what I was looking for. Her expertise and talent are incredible. We had so many compliments on the florals.

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Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

Lauren was my go to girl for months and month’s leading up to the wedding. She responded to my never-ending list of questions immediately and with such detail. She was a total rock star. Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered.

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What would you say to other couples considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

You can’t go wrong with having your wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation. It will be perfection and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come. So many of our guests told Ari and I, and my parents, that our wedding was absolutely   the best wedding they have ever attended and likely ever will. We are hoping that we are invited to attend a wedding at this specular venue in the near future.

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Photographer: Studio Tran Photography –  https://www.studiotran.com/ – @studiotranphotography

Florist: Bella Blooms Floral – https://www.bellabloomsfloral.com/ – @bellabloomsfloral

Dress Salon: Truly Forever Bridal – https://www.trulyforeverbridal.com/ – @ trulyforeverbridaltampa

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Wearhouse – www.menswearhouse.com – @menswearhouse
Videographer: Bella Productions Wedding Films –
http://mybellafilm.com/ – @bellafilmsn
Bakery: Chasing Wang – www.
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The Proprietor of Southern Oaks Plantation

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

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Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.

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Between his strong attention to detail (developed when he was working in radiology) and Sue’s innovative thinking and impeccable taste, Asaro knew that they were on to something big. They’ve spent the last 32 years perfecting the experience of Southern Oaks Plantation to curate a feeling of magic and enchantment. There is a reason why local and couples from all over the world choose to marry at Southern Oaks, because an unmatched level of customer service is presented from the very moment they step foot onto our plantation.

From the decor to the cuisine, every detail you and your guests will experience has been selected with the upmost importance. Truly a family affair, you will find Bobby and Sue Asaro take care to ensure that no detail will go unnoticed. Rarely will you find another venue owner present on your wedding day to greet guests, fill up your champagne glass, or surprise you with a fireworks show! Mr. Bobby and his team consistently go above and beyond for their couples, because you will find that this is not a career for the Asaro family, but a passion.

 

“Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered. I had the wedding I always dreamed of thanks to him.” – Annie, 2018

“Mr. Bobby made us feel like absolute royalty! We did not lift a finger the entire night!” – Marissa, 2018
“Our wedding was more magical than I could’ve ever dreamed! Mr. Bobby truly makes you feel like you’re the most important couple he’s ever met. At the end of the night I was thanking him for such a perfect evening when I spilled a drop of champagne on my arm, Mr. Bobby returned with a wet napkin and a dry one to clean up my mess. I know it seems silly, but that is just such a perfect example of how he handles every single thing – totally above and beyond!” – Logan, 2016
“Mr. Bobby and everyone else that was working my wedding treated me so so well!  Everyone was so welcoming and loving.  The best customer service I’ve ever received was at Disney World, and the customer service I received at Southern Oaks was just like that!!  I can’t think of ONE bad thing I could say about Southern Oaks. Everything was perfect!” – Alli, 2017

TLC Names Southern Oaks Plantation “The Best in Louisiana”

The Learning Channel is a television networked known for coining the famous, “Say Yes to the Dress” and many other wedding related shows including, “Four Weddings.” It is with great honor that we share that TLC has named Southern Oaks Plantation THE BEST VENUE in Louisiana! We could not be more thrilled to add another accolade to the books! With over 32 years of business, we’ve been able to provide countless hours of service to our couples and what an honor to be recognized for all that we do!  See for yourself how we’ve taken Southern charm to a whole new level!

southernoaksplantationTLC’s elite team of experts scoured the United States in search of the very best venues that provide an array of services and gorgeous backdrops to take your wedding to the next level. While there are plenty of beautiful venues across the state and country – Southern Oaks Plantation stands out as the absolute best!

Described as “magical” and “romantic” our venue will transport you and your guests directly into the fairytale setting you’ve always dreamed of. Twinkling lights, sprawling grounds, and our grand façade are only the beginning of a truly unforgettable experience!

We could not be more thrilled to receive the honor of being chosen as the most sought after venue in all of Louisiana! Set among the most gorgeous oak tree, our venue combines the perfect elements of wedding magic to create a spectacular backdrop for your event! Our all inclusive experience ties together stunning decor, delicious cuisine, and top customer service to our couples – local and destination alike! Thank you TLC for choosing Southern Oaks Plantation

Wedding Spotlight: Charles + Amanda

Charles and Amanda’s wedding was filled sweet details, and Amanda shares that
her guests and family had a great time, and are still raving about their wedding!
“Thank you again to the Southern Oaks staff for going above and beyond in making this a day to always remember!”
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Our engagement was simple an to the point. My husband and I have been knowing each other for 15 years and dated for 2, so neither one of us really cared about the over the top engagement – just give me my much deserved ring!!!
Everything about Southern Oaks is BEAUTIFULL!!!  From the oversized oak tree, to the elegant yet simple decorations, to the amazingly blue pool, and the horses. The entire venue is absolutely breathtaking. Southern Oaks was the first venue my mother, aunt, and daughter saw, but was the last venue we chose to do a walk though with, so glad that we chose them.
My husband and I met through friends when we were about a year out of high school. My husband and I always kept in touch, and over the years developed a close friendship and naturally started dating.
All of the staff at Southern Oaks was amazing, but Lauren was there to go over all the details with my husband and I the day before the wedding, and she took very good care of us, my family and friends at the wedding. She is very professional, and pretty much became a part of the family the whole time – she was AMAZING!!!! Also, Time, he was ON IT!!!!! For some reason we couldn’t find the groom’s ring, but he made very, very sure they would be found quickly and nothing would happen to them and he kept his word as well. I have only great things to say about the staff! They made sure everyone was overstuffed, had a drink in both hands, and kept the party going.
For the couples out there that have visited Southern Oaks and just can’t quite decide, I would tell them CHOOSE SOUTHERN OAKS!!!!!
The food was so sososososososos good and I do mean GOOD. The staff went above and beyond, the decorations were tastefully done, the whole atmosphere was laid back while elegant, and made you feel at ease and fully taken care of. I had no worries at all. Southern Oaks did exactly what they said they would do, and my wedding came out perfectly.
The vendors I used were all local being that I’m from Houston, Tx and had a destination wedding
*Photography: Studio Tran- my photographer was Corrine she knew the venue inside and out every single picture she took was gorgeous.
*Bakery: Royal Cakery New Orleans- I wanted a simple 2 layer white cake with white icing cake and they added some flowers to our cake to make it so much more elegant. The whole 2 layer cake was gone by the end of the night, the cake was unbelievably moist and the icing OMG!!! I ate so much cake its ridiculous!!!
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A Grand Entrance That Is Meaningful and Spectacular!

“I loved her first
I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first”

Here are lyrics from one of our favorite songs chosen for father daughter dances! One of the most sacred traditions we see in weddings are those sweet moments shared between father and daughter on the dance floor. However, at Southern Oaks Plantation, we want to highlight another magical moment that shouldn’t be limited to just a walk down the aisle. Whether you are escorted by your father, stepfather, grandfather, brother, or another important figure in your life – we want to ensure your entrance into your ceremony is completely unforgettable!

 

We take the phrase, “Grand Entrance” and give it a whole new meaning! Through sparkling lights, an enchanting horse and carriage and all of your loved ones awaiting you.. we create a truly remarkable setting for you and your escort to savor those moments before you ascend down the aisle!

 

Take a look at a few of our favorite entrances, from a fairytale carriage ride to a classic car – we can provide you with perfect accessory.

 

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Wedding Spotlight – Leah + Matthew

With a proposal on Christmas Eve, Leah and Matthew’s wedding was destined to be filled with as much magic as their engagement! Read on to find out more on their love story, and just what they loved about Southern Oaks Plantation!

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– Tell us about your engagement.

Family is huge to us. Matthew popped the big question amongst our very closest family and friends on Christmas Eve, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Plus, he knew Christmas was my favorite holiday!

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– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

The professionalism of the entire staff. We were truly taken care of the entire day by the SOP staff, which made our wedding day the fairytale we’ve both always dreamed of.

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– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue? 

Matthew and I knew SOP was truly something special from the moment we walked in the front-gate. The plantation is absolutely breathtaking! The whole SOP staff just genuinely took care of us from the moment we toured the venue up until the day of our wedding. The whole team is exceptional!

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– What was your favorite moment of the night? 

The carriage ride into the ceremony. I was en route to marry the man of my dreams with my best friend, my dad!

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– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature? 

Hair: @tanglessalonwf @mnvhair

Make-Up: @tanglessalonwf @dakotadoeshair

– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

There were several! Stacey was wonderful. When we toured SOP, she was so sincere and informative with any little question or concern we had. Jeremy, Emma, and Vince were the absolute DREAM-TEAM on the day of our wedding! They all made sure Matthew and I were taken care of the entire day.  Mr. Bobby reached out to us after our wedding to thank us for our kind reviews – which was so sweet! The whole SOP staff truly exceeded our expectations.

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– What would you say to other couples considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

What are you waiting for?! The SOP staff is truly phenomenal. All of our wedding guests still rave over how impeccable the service, food, and venue was. We’ve heard on several occasions we had the “best wedding ever,” and it truly was!

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Photographer: Four Love’s Photography  /  www.fourlovesphotography.com /  @fourlovesphotography

Florist: Arbor House Floral  / www.arborhousefloral.com / @arborhousefloral

Dress Salon: Patsy’s Bridal Boutique  / www.patsysbridal.com  / @patsysbridalboutique

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse  / www.menswarehouse.com  /  @menswarehouse

Let Sparks Fly at Southern Oaks Plantation

Experience the Magic of New Years Eve All Year Long with Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we are in love with the concept of a GRAND entrance! What better way to wow your guests with a fun and unexpected treat of  a  fireworks display.

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Our elite events team works to elevate your entire experience from the moment your guests arrive to the last dance of the evening, and this display has become one of our most popular enhancements! We perfectly time this stunning visual show for the greatest impact, and its perfectly accented with our majestic music to complete the entire experience!

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Celebrating Carnival Season at Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Mardi Gras is widely regarded as one of the most popular events throughout the city of New Orleans. From the detailed floats, to the classic brass bands, to the ever popular marching bands – this treasured holiday is highly anticipated all year long!

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We at Southern Oaks Plantations have always been enamored with the magic surrounding carnival season, and decided it shouldn’t be limited to just once a year! This timeless event is the perfect way to wow your guests, whether local or destination!

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We are thrilled to bring you a celebration unlike any other with you and your partner as the Grand Marshals of this unforgettable event! Consider all go your guests gathered together in front of our grand mansion, and the brass band begins to play! Excitement fills the crowd and the real fun begins as you roll down our grand oaks starring in your very own parade!

Bridal Buzz: Here what past clients have to say about their Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding!

You’ve envisioned your wedding your whole life, and when it comes down to it – selecting your wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will make to bring all of your ideas to fruition. At Southern Oaks Plantation, we strive to ensure every detail is executed with perfection from beginning to end! However, we know that nothing speaks louder than reviews from our past couples! We’ve selected some of our best bridal lines along the way, so take a walk with us down memory lane and see why we are the clear choice to plan the wedding of your dreams!

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“From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.”

– Shelita, Southern Oaks Plantation Bride

When we asked Shelita what she would say to other couples considering us as their venue, here is what she had to say:

If you are looking for the perfect venue that provides exceptional service, great food and a magical evening, Southern Oaks is the place.  From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.   Every question I had regarding my wedding was answered, this venue provides everything and they do not try to upsell you on items…If you are a destination bride, no worries, they even have items in house for you to use, that way you are not shipping a lot of what nots or just in case you forget something they already have it in their inventory at no charge to use.  There are no hidden fees, upcharges or surprises.  Well, the surprises are what your guests will experience.  My wedding was Magical, Grand and Royal.  Everything was smooth and effortless, the staff operates this place like a well-oiled machine.  There is no running around, no one is confused and you, the wedding party and family members are assigned a concierge that ensures your culinary/drink needs are met.  The Food:  It is not your typical wedding plate of chicken, fish or buffet.  This place provides a Taste of New Orleans, I mean your guest will not stop talking about what they ate, how good the food was and how much food was being passed.  Amazing flavors and a huge variety.  There is no waiting, once the reception starts the food is being passed, this style was great because it also eliminated the hassle of seating charts, open seating was also another reason I loved this place.  Enhancements:  I chose to have a New Orleans Style Brass Band, Horse and Carriage, Carving Station and Fireworks, which made it a very grand time, my guest were over-stimulated with surprises.

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

I don’t know if I could pick just one best characteristic but for me it was the ambiance. It is so romantic and beautiful. For my guests, it was the food – they still can’t stop talking about how much they loved the food at our wedding.

– This destination bride knew exactly how to wow her guests!

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This Disney loving bride knew she would wed at Southern Oaks Plantation since she was just a child!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Selecting Southern Oaks Plantation as my wedding venue was something I always wanted. When I got engaged, I knew from the start that this was the place I wanted to get married. My parents & my Aunt and Uncle got married at SOP, and I was lucky enough to be a part of both celebrations! I was around 6 & 7 when these weddings took place and Southern Oaks has been my dream wedding venue ever since! I also went to elementary school down the street from Southern Oaks and I can remember as a child always taking a peek when we passed. I was and am in love with this venue!

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Our bride, Harlea, loved Southern Oaks Plantation for many reasons, but most of all…

“Its Southern charm!! Everything from the venue itself to what it has to offer is what makes this venue so special. The whole night was a dream come true! If you are looking for a New Orleans meets Southern style wedding, Southern Oaks Plantation is the venue for you!!”

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Molly wed Brandon in 2018, and shared one of the highest compliments! After touring Southern Oaks Plantation, she KNEW no other venue could compare!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
“After we visited Southern Oaks, Brandon and I didn’t even want to look at other venues. We were so impressed that they had thought of everything to take care of that we said yes right away!”

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Wedding Spotlight Andrea + Evan

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Tell us about your engagement.
Evan told me that we were taking some pictures for family for Christmas. We went to Jungle Gardens on Avery Island and he popped the question.
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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The attention to detail is AMAZING. Every moment was beautifully planned and executed. We didn’t have to worry about a thing!
How did you and your partner meet?
Evan and I meet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette our first semester in Drawing 1.
What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The location is stunning and Magic and Majestic are a plus!
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What was your favorite moment of the night?
Dancing and visiting with all of our friends and family.
Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Melissa’s Fine Pastries
September Company Photography
Leaf + Petal
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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Southern Plantation is a MUST. We still get people telling us that we had the best wedding that they’ve been to.
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Photographer: September Company 
Florist: Leaf + Petal
Dress Salon: Town and Country (Hayley Paige) 
Bakery: Melissa’s Fine Pastries